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If you have ulcerative colitis find out the best ways to manage your symptoms.
Has one of our Troy, MI, gastroenterologists diagnosed you with ulcerative colitis? If so, you may be trying to learn everything you can about this condition, including how to treat it. Let our gastrointestinal specialists step in to provide you with the information you need to put your mind at ease and to reduce ulcerative colitis flare-ups.
What is ulcerative colitis?
This chronic condition causes inflammation and ulcers within the lining of the digestive tract, more specifically within the large intestines (also known as the colon) and the rectum.
When symptoms flare-up the sufferer may experience abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, diarrhea, loss of appetite, unexpected weight loss and fatigue. Everyone’s body responds differently, and symptoms of ulcerative colitis can range from mild to severe. Some people may experience regular and severe flare-ups while others may never experience a flare-up at all.
How is ulcerative colitis treated?
If symptoms aren’t present then you may not actually require treatment. Of course, our Troy, MI, GI doctors will create a treatment plan based on the frequency and severity of your symptoms. In most cases, your treatment plan will include both lifestyle modifications and medications.
Those with milder symptoms may be able to control their symptoms through a proper and balanced diet, antidiarrheal medications, and steroid medications (for when flare-ups occur). Those with moderate-to-severe flare-ups may require more long-term steroid medication to reduce inflammation and ulcers. The strength of the steroid medication will depend on the severity of your symptoms.
The goal of steroids is to reduce the length of your flare-ups and to send ulcerative colitis into remission. Immunosuppressants may also reduce severe inflammation. In rare cases, surgery may be required.
Can diet help with ulcerative colitis?
It’s important to understand that your diet did not contribute to you developing this intestinal condition; however, the foods you consume could affect flare-ups. This is why it’s important to find the right diet and lifestyle that works for you. This varies between people so don’t assume that a diet that works for one person with ulcerative colitis will work for you. It will take some trial and error, but common diets that do improve flare-ups include:
- Low-salt diets
- Low-fiber diet
- Low-fat diets
- Lactose-free diets
Talk to one of our GI specialists about which diet might improve and lessen your symptoms.
Gastrointestinal Specialists in Troy, MI, is dedicated to treating your gastrointestinal problems. No matter whether you are dealing with unexplained abdominal pain, stomach discomfort or other symptoms it’s important that you have a medical team by your side to provide you with the answers and individualized care you deserve. Call us today!
Ulcerative colitis (also known as inflammatory bowel disease) is a digestive system disorder that causes chronic inflammation in the bowel. It usually affects the colon (large intestine) and the rectum, and may increase the risk of developing colon cancer for some people. Ulcerative colitis and digestive disorders are diagnosed and treated by a specialist known as a gastroenterologist.
The GI doctors at Troy, MI based Gastrointestinal Specialists PC offer advanced diagnostic and treatment options for inflammatory bowel syndrome. Treatment options depend on how severe the condition is, and how much of the large intestine is affected by inflammation. Treatment can range from lifestyle and diet modifications, to medication and surgery.
Signs and Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis
Cases of colitis range from mild to severe, and the symptoms can vary from person to person depending on the degree and location of inflammation in the intestine. The general symptoms include:
- Pain and abdominal cramping
- Unexplained weight loss
- Rectal pain and bleeding/blood in stool (schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist for any instances of persistent bloody stool or rectal bleeding)
- Persistent diarrhea
- Problems/difficulty passing or controlling bowel movements
Most cases of inflammatory bowel disease fall in the mild to moderate range. Although colitis is a chronic condition, many people can experience long periods of remission.
Causes and Risk Factors of Ulcerative Colitis
Although there is no definitive cause for colitis, heredity and genetics may play a role in how likely a person is to develop the condition. While inflammatory bowel disease can affect people of all ages (and can be more severe when diagnosed in children), it most commonly develops in adults in their 20s. It also tends to be more prevalent in people of caucasian or Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Lifestyle factors like diet and stress may exacerbate, but not necessarily cause symptoms of IBS.
Find a Gastroenterologist in Troy
If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of ulcerative colitis or other gastrointestinal disorders, contact Gastrointestinal Specialists PC in Troy, MI by calling (248) 273-9930 to schedule a consultation with a GI doctor today.